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This Day in Palmer History

A page that will list golf history, and the people and events that comprise it in the form of This Day in Golf or This Week in Golf.

This Day in Palmer History--September 21

On this date in 1973, the second day of the Ryder Cup was held at Muirfield, Scotland. Arnold played a pair of team matches, winning one and losing one. In Morning Foursomes, Peter Oosterhuis-Tony Jacklin (GBI) defeated Palmer-Dave Hill, 2 up, and in Afternoon Four-Ball, Palmer-J.C. Snead (U.S.) defeated Brian Barnes-Peter Butler, 2 up.

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This Day in Palmer History--September 20

On this date in 1973, Palmer played on Day 1 of the Ryder Cup, held at Muirfield, Scotland. Arnie played as partners with Jack Nicklaus in two matches against Great Britain & Ireland opponents. In morning Foursomes, Palmer-Nicklaus (U.S.) defeated Maurice Bembridge-Eddie Polland, 6 and 5, but in the afternoon Four-Ball, Bembridge-Brian Huggett (GBI) defeated Palmer-Nicklaus, 3 and 1.




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This Day in Palmer History--September 18

The 1971 Ryder Cup ended on this date at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, with the U.S. defeating Great Britain, 18.5 to 13.5. On the final day, Palmer played two singles matches. He and Harry Bannerman halved in the morning, and then Peter Oosterhuis downed Arnie, 3 and 2, in the afternoon.



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This Day in Palmer History--September 16

The 1971 Ryder Cup began on this date at Old Warson Country Club, in St. Louis. Arnold paired with Gardner Dickinson to win a pair of matches: Morning Foursomes, Arnold Palmer-Gardner Dickinson (U.S.) defeat Peter Townsend-Peter Oosterhuis, 2 up; Afternoon Foursomes, Palmer-Dickinson (U.S.) defeat Townsend-Oosterhuis, 1 up

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This Day in Palmer History--September 13

On this date in 1964, Arnold Palmer finished the World Series of Golf at Firestone Country Club’s South Course in Akron, Ohio. The final standings in 1964: Tony Lema 70-68—138, $50,000; Ken Venturi 69-74—143, $15,000; Bobby Nichols 77-70-147, $5,000; Arnold Palmer 74-74—148, $5,000.



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This Day in Palmer History--September 11

On this date in 1954, at the 9th Annual Bill Waite Memorial Tournament, Palmer and partner Tommy Sheehan of Detroit defeated George Rowbotham (Philadelphia) and Ben Smith (Detroit), 4 and 3, in the better-ball final at Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. This was the tournament he was playing when he met future wife Winnie.

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This Day in Palmer History--September 10

It was on this day in 1929 that Arnold Palmer was born the first child to Milfred and Doris Palmer in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. And also on this date in 2009, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, a statue was unveiled of him at Laurel Valley Golf Course, Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

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This Day in Palmer History--September 9

On this date in 1962, Arnold Palmer finished play in the first World Series of Golf. Palmer played in three WSOGs, an unofficial 36-hole event involving the winners of the year’s major championships, held at Firestone Country Club, par-70, 7,165-yard South Course, Akron, Ohio. The first WSOG was played on September 8-9, 1962, with the results: Jack Nicklaus 66-69—135, $50,000; Arnold Palmer 65-74—139, $12,500; Gary Player 69-70—139, $12,500.



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This Day in Palmer History--September 8

On this date in 1977, Palmer shot a 65 in the B.C. Open’s first round. He would add 69-75-74 to shoot 283 and tie for 22nd ($1,780). The 65 was his lowest round of the ‘77 season, in which he entered 20 tournaments, win none, and have a scoring average of 72.49.


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This Day in Palmer History--September 7

On this date in Palmer History, the Chrysler Cup ended in 1986 on the TPC at Avenel Course in Potomac, Maryland, with the Palmer-captained U.S. team beat the Internationals, 68.5 to 31.5. It was a Ryder-Cup style event involving senior tour players. It was during this inaugural event that Arnold aced the 187-yard No. 3 hole two days in a row using the same 5-iron. in practice rounds. His match results in 1986 included: Day 1, Four-Ball, Arnold Palmer (U.S. captain)-Gene Littler defeat Gary Player (International captain)-Bob Charles, 1 up; Day 2, Singles Match, Palmer (U.S.) defeated Harold Henning, 1 up; Day 3, Singles Stroke, Palmer (U.S.) defeated Peter Thomson, 71-73; Day 4, Stroke Play, Palmer 35-34-69, T-1. Winning team members received $50,000 each.



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This Day in Golf History--September 6

On this date in 1913, the 19th U.S. Amateur Championship was won by Jerry Travers, in a 5-and-4 victory over John G. Anderson at the outstanding Garden City Golf Club on Long Island, New York.

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This Day in Golf History--September 5

On this date in 1925, the 29th U.S. Amateur Championship was won by Bobby Jones in a battle with fellow Atlantan Watts Gunn. Jones won, 8 and 7, at venerable Oakmont Country Club to win for the second straight time.

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This Day in Golf History--September 4

On this date in 1932, the PGA Championship was won by Olin Dutra at Keller Golf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota, when he defeated Frank Walsh in the 36-hole final, 4 and 3. Dutra was 19 under par over 196 holes covering five matches.

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This Day in Golf History--September 3

On this date in 1973, the underappreciated Billy Casper finished at 20-under-par 264 to win the Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open by one shot over Australian Bruce Devlin. It was a milestone 50th PGA Tour victory for Casper.

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